Houston sits down with OSU this week

OREGON STATE coaches are hitting the recruiting trail in full force this week. One wide receiver getting an in-home visit from the Beavers is Anthony Houston, a 6-4, 200 pounder out of San Diego's Mission Bay High. Houston, who holds more than a dozen offers, has narrowed his choices down to Oregon State and three other finalists.

Houston's final four consists of Oregon State, Washington State, Nebraska and Miami. All remain even.

He's taken official visits to all four save for Miami, which he hopes to finalize plans for soon. Houston, who prefers the offensive side of the ball, is being recruited by OSU, WSU and Nebraska as a wide receiver while Miami sees him, despite his size, at corner.

Two northwest schools will be visiting Houston down in San Diego over the next few days, OSU and WSU.

"Washington State and Oregon State are coming by, I don't know when but its some time this week," said Houston.

Comparing the three schools he's visited, Houston said there were a number of similarities between Oregon State, Washington State and Nebraska and that a tough decision is looming.

AFTER HIS OFFICIAL VISIT to Oregon State in late October, Houston said he could see himself attending OSU, going on to say the small town climates of Pullman, Corvallis and Lincoln all compared favorably.

"It's a small town and I'm not used to that weather," said Houston. But it was cool. (Size-wise) it was kind of like Lincoln."

MISSION BAY, ON the strength of a smothering defense, is in the midst of an impressive playoff run with a semi-final tilt upcoming against Santa Fe this Saturday.

Despite constant double and triple teams, Houston has been the Bucs' main receiving threat with 26 receptions for 433 yards. Mission Bay is also a running team, with 3-to-1 of their offensive plays traveling via the ground this season and Houston's blocking has been key to those efforts.

Despite the ever present threat of the run, Houston has been constantly double and even triple teamed, but still accounts for nearly half of Mission Bay's receiving yardage on the year.

Defensively, he's racked up 37 tackles including a number of decleaters. Like all good players, he's stepped up his game on both sides of the ball in the postseason when it matters most, including this past weekend where he stuffed the opponent's best player on three straight tries.

Houston will be taking the SAT in December.

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